MANILA, Philippines – Just like entertainment celebrities, several basketball personalities threw their hats into the political ring in the midterm elections.
Some athletes and coaches believe they can deliver the goods not only on the hard court but also in the field of public service.
Some lost in their initial foray into politics, some successfully returned, while others won in their first try.
Here is a list of basketball's winners and losers in the 2013 polls:
+ Franz Pumaren, Air 21 coach
The former La Salle coach successfully returned to the city council of Quezon City after ranking third in the race.
Pumaren, who ran in the 3rd district, received 46,105 votes, just 3,321 behind leading candidate Alan Benedict Reyes.
Pumaren served 3 consecutive terms from 2000 to 2010 before losing his attempt at a congressional seat against Matias Defensor Jr.
- Rodney Santos, former Ginebra guard
Santos, who is known as “The Slasher” during his heydays in Ginebra and Alaska, ranked 15th in the race for the Meycauayan, Bulacan city council.
He is far from top-vote getter Raoul Atadero, who received 37,737 votes.
The last time he played in the PBA was when he suited up for Coca Cola.
+ Jack Santiago, Air 21 assistant coach
Santiago, who was a former PBA player before embarking on a coaching career, is ranked number 2 in the list of winning 1st district councilmen in Navotas City.
The 5'9" former slotman received 23,207 votes and was second only to Doc Rey Mondroy, who received 27,366 votes in Navotas.
Santiago was a teammate of Alvin Patrimonio in Mapua.
- Joey Marquez, former Ginebra player
Most people don't know that "Tsong" used to be a part of Ginebra in the 80s.
What people do know is that he is a showbiz personality who became mayor of Parañaque City.
However, Marquez failed his latest bid to make a political comeback after getting only 39,381 votes against Gus Tambunting, who had 46,917 votes in the race for a congressional seat in the 2nd district of Parañaque.
+ Jason Webb, former Tanduay point guard/current PBA commentator
Webb is best known for his playing years with De La Salle in the 1990s.
He is a son of former PBA superstar/former senator Freddie Webb and is the top vote-getter among candidates for councilor in the 1st District of Parañaque City with 42,910 votes.
- Ato Agustin, former Petron coach
Former Petron coach Ato Agustin has failed in his attempt to become the vice-mayor of San Fernando, Pampanga. He lagged by more than 18,000 votes behind rival Jimmy Lazatin.
Agustin, also a former San Miguel Beerman, garnered 19,520 votes against Lazatin’s 38,147. Raul Macalino even ranked higher than Agustin with 21,747.
+ Yeng Guiao, Rain or Shine coach
Guiao emerged as the biggest winner among his peers after nabbing a congressional seat in the 1st District of Pampanga.
The mercurial Rain or Shine mentor garnered 82,886 votes to beat political foe Francis Nepomuceno, who had 63,037 votes.
Guiao is no stranger to politics, being the son of former Pampanga Gov. Bren Guiao. He was also a former board member and vice governor of Pampanga.